Posted 11 May 2012 - 01:53 PM
I must say, I'm disapointed in my fellow citizens. We may have fought against the Combine before our independence, but House Kurita ceded us a great manoy of our current worlds (not incidentely forcing the Lyrans to do the same), and then fought to protect us in the Ronin Wars. It's fair to say that our independence has been preserved not once but twice by House Kurita's actions.
Now I'm not going to pretend that their decisions were anything short of purest realpolitik. But to call them the enemies of the Republic is simply slander. I've no particular love for the Draconis Combine, but surely we should bear no grudge against them. And as for any claims that this could strengthen our position vis-a-vis the inevitable Clan invasion, let me ask you a question: who will we have to ask for help when the Clans are overrunning our Coremost worlds and gunning for Rausalhaugue itself? When the Republic's safety itself is threatened, I'd feel better if we'd declined from provoking our pwerful neighbors.
After all, there are periphery states aplenty to whet our blades against. Surely they offer a better prize than a long war against our closest neighbor? And, of course, there are the Lyrans to consider. I'm sure they'd like nothing better than to see their smaller neighbors fight amonst themselves. Now, I've no grudge against the Lyrans, the Federated Suns, or any other part of the Federated Commonwealth. But they're the largest power in the galaxy (albeit disunited), and we'd do better not to play into their hands.
Call me crazy. Anyway, forward the Republic!